SOCHI: French ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, last year’s world bronze medallists, are to retire after finishing off the podium at the Winter Olympics.
“What comes next? Shows and retirement. We won’t go to the world championships (in March),” said Bourzat.
Pechalat, 30, and Bourzat, 33, finished fourth on Monday behind Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov as the Russians improved their free dance score to “Swan Lake” by seven points, to the delight of the home crowd.
“We knew that if we didn’t skate our best we wouldn’t get it (medal). And we skated our best and we didn’t get it anyway,” said Bourzat.
“If ice dancing wants to see waltzes with swans they can have it.”
Bourzat wore patchwork pants and Pechalat green-tinted “stem” tights for their skate to Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince and his Rose”.
The pair who have skated together for 12 years have won two European titles and are five-time French champions.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White scored a record 195.52 points to become the first Americans to win the ice dancing gold ahead of Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 190.99.